This is SO exciting for me. This is HUGE! Take a look at this video and I hope you will be excited as much as I am. :) What happens in this video: The dog with patellar luxation will sit completely differently after some TTouch strokes were applied.
The Reason Why The Dog Doesn’t Sit Straight
I’m sure you have seen a dog sitting on (one side or both) of the bottom directly without bending the knee(s) before. What’s the big deal? The big deal is that the dogs must have a reason why they sit like that. Usually, if dogs have discomfort or pain in the legs, they compromise the way they sit. Let’s imagine this. When you need to squat but if you have pain in your knee, what would you do? You really don’t want to bend the knee becasue it hurts, right? Then, you would try squatting by bending the other knee only, shifting your weight onto the side of the working knee. If you always have to squat with one leg, I would assume;
- Your working leg will grow tighter due to having to have to work extra hard,
- Your working leg may eventually become sore or painful from dealing with weight that is more than what one leg should handle
Same idea for dogs.
If the dog keeps compensating for something and shifting body weight around…
Over-worked muscles will be tight and sore.
The muscles will lose elastisity and flexibility.
Because the muscles are not flexible enough to withstand jumping, twisting or any other fast movement, the dog is more likely to injure the muscle.
The muscles around the origin of pain will atrophy becasue it is not being used.
The spine may be misaligned with habitual improper posture and misuse of limbs. Make sense so far?
For those who are not familiar with the name “TTouch”, it is called Tellington TTouch and it was developed by Dr. Tellington.
TTouch is a method based on circular movements of the fingers and hands all over the body. The intent of the TTouch is to activate the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence – a little like “turning on the electric lights of the body.” (http://www.ttouch.com/)
TTouch is well-known as a training tool for animals with behavioral problems, but I must emphasize that it is also effective in terms of bringing body awareness to animals. If the posture has been compromised for a long period of time, dogs are so used to it and normally have habitual movement and posture developed. Dogs usually don’t pay much attention to their hind legs anyway.
Reset The Body For Success
By activating the function of the cells and awaken cellular intelligence via TTouch, we can encourage the dog’s body to “reset” itself on the cellular level. When TTouch strokes are applied, it is known as activating all 4 brain waves. That means that the dog is reset and ready to absorb something new. In other words, you can set the dog up for success in terms of learning how to learn. In this case, sitting using (bending) the knee.
Look at Dewey sitting so much better at the end of the video compared to the beginning part of the video! The more the dog stands in a proper posture, the more we can expect the body to develop and maintain muscles in balance.
Does your dog have Patellar Luxation? If so, make sure you subscribe to Canine Therapeutics Newsletter so you will be informed of its upcoming classes & events. In some classes, we focus on how to loosen muscles specifically for dogs with the condition. And of course, application of TTouch will be covered as well! If you are interested in our canine massages, feel free to contact me for an appointment!
Combining TTouch is a great idea for all dogs in addition to massage and acupressure for general wellness. Leading the dog to have proper posture is like having the dog take an initiative of the body, while (a person) massaging the dog is the opposite; a passive (and accepting) way to feel good about the body.
Now do you see why I’m so excited??